September 2015

Style special

With a limited edition cover by Marc Quinn


We thought it only fair to throw open the doors to the W* House and share with you how we’d fit out our dream digs. From consoles to cupboards, beds to bookcases, the W* House features our favourite pieces of design from across the globe, room by room. When it comes to sharing our finds, we wanted to keep things simple, letting you furnish your house with the click of a mouse, the Wallpaper* way. 

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Rooms / Study


'Optical Shim' paperweight

John Hogan / Matter

John Hogan’s works blur the boundaries between art and design, with an indefatigably experimental attitude to glass that touches upon traditional techniques and aesthetics as well as uber contemporary shapes. His manipulation of the material’s texture, shape, color, have over the years produced objects that dazzle from every angle. He joined forces with New York gallery Matter to produce his 'Optical Shim' paperweight, which offer a functional approach to his mesmerising glass exercises. The essential triangular shape of the piece suggests a design purity that is contrasted by the optical illusions of its dazzling top. Part precious objet d’art, part functional item, the piece forms a beautiful synthesis of creative disciplines.

'Solo' chair

Office Kersten Geers David van Severen / Maniera
Price on request

The Brussels-based Maniera gallery works with architects and artists on furniture that blurs the boundaries between disciplines. This year it commissioned local architect duo Kersten Geers and David van Severen, who developed a multifunctional seat that looks like an abstract structure but works as a stool and small desk. Taking its cues from Thonet's walking-stick chair, it manages to merge intriguing form and practicality.

'Stadera' desk

Franco Albini / Cassina

Originally designed in 1954 for a private house, the 'Stadera' desk is composed of two trapezoidal-shaped surfaces supported by a single leg, and plays on the balance created by its irregularity, much like the pendulum scales (stadera) from which it takes its name. Re-released as part of the Cassina I Maestri collection, it is now available in a selection of materials including walnut and marble.

'Divine Tools' set

Olivia Lee
Price on request

Singaporean industrial designer Olivia Lee has a fascination with the concept of beauty, which is evident in all her work. Her latest endeavour is a collection of nine drawing tools inspired by the Ancient Greeks' quest for divinity in mathematics, science and art. Lee's tool set is designed to aid in the use of the golden ratio, resulting in a collection that is at once beautiful and creates beauty. 'Instruments of Beauty: Divine Tools'

'ZigZag' bookcase

Konstantin Grcic / Driade

Back in 1996, Konstantin Grcic created a zigzag-shaped structural shelving unit for Driade. Now, almost 20 years later, the range has been updated and relaunched in a palette of new colours for the metal work (black, white, bronze and polished stainless steel) complemented by two kinds of wooden shelves in oak and American walnut. The simple modular shelf design can also be accessorised with clip-on bookends in matching colours. Available in two heights, the bookcase can be assembled without the aid of any tools.

'Brinkk' sideboard

Natalia Wieteska

A clever solution for storage, Polish designer Natalia Wieteska's sideboard is an exercise in precision and perspective. Combining exquisite craftsmanship with extreme geometry, the piece's construction gives lightness to a monolithic block of wood, available in a variety of finishes.

'Stackable Desk' accessories

Price on request

Multidisciplinary practice Epiforma was established in Portugal early this year. Its design MO is geometric shapes rendered in bold colours, a simple visual language that's both eye-catching and minimal. The stackable desk accessories - a clock, container and magnetic cube - are made of black granite, natural wood and lacquered wood, a desktop tribute to the Memphis Group.

'Hi-Lo' shelves

Moving Mountains
Price on request

Humorous as well as rigorous, the 'Hi-Lo' shelves by designer Syrette Lew, operating from Brooklyn under the studio name Moving Mountains, contrast marble with plywood. A freestanding sculpture in the shape of a staircase, it is lined in bold blue, which adds a playful visual effect.

‘Ply’ socket

Christoph Friedrich Wagner
Price on request

We are intrigued by young German designer Wagner’s use of plywood, bringing a new aesthetic to lighting, furniture and small objects. His multiple socket, with a textile cord in a choice of colours, stands out as a simple update of a humble essential.

‘Pantographe’ lamp

Michele De Lucchi / Hermès

Tasked with turning the Hermès philosophy into a lighting collection, Italian architect Michele De Lucchi spent three years on the brand’s first lights. The ‘Pantographe’ is inspired by a draughtsman’s instrument, a poetic balancing act of leather and steel.

‘Tubo’ desk and chair

Sam Hecht and Kim Colin / TOG
Prices on request

One for our dream study, this fresh-looking desk and chair set features a combination of marble and plastic set onto steel frames. It was created by the design duo behind Industrial Facility for TOG, a promising brand that debuted at Salone del Mobile this year. Hailing from Brazil, TOG (subtitled ‘All Creators Together’) presents itself as a platform for dialogue between designers, creators and customers. Its collections are kept simple, with humorous touches and ample scope for customisation.

‘Neat’ desk organisers

Johan van Hengel
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Rotterdam-based designer Johan van Hengel is behind a small yet perfectly formed selection of furniture and accessories that combine essential lines with a somewhat nostalgic aesthetic. With our penchant for rigour in the workspace, we were immediately attracted to his aptly named ‘Neat’ wooden trays, with metal edges of varying heights and colours. These not only partition a desktop (handy when you’re working in a communal space) but also hold stationery close to hand and, if necessary, slightly hide items or screen from view.